Britain’s Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court Promotional Pictures

A Night at Hampton Court Palace

As Hampton Court Palace celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2015, BBC Two brings a key event from the iconic building’s history vividly to life – the christening of Henry’s son and heir Prince Edward, the future Edward VI.

With so few surviving buildings left associated with events from this period of British history and the reign of Henry VIII, Lucy Worsley and David Starkey offer audiences an unprecedented insight into Henry VIII’s world. Focusing on the events of 15 October 1537, Britain’s Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court will recreate the occasion that was a culmination of nearly three decades of Henry’s rule – the birth of a male heir. As Lucy and David eavesdrop across time, they reveal how Henry’s household came together to create an event that would have been perceived as almost magical by those who witnessed it.

A Night at Hampton Court Palace

They will recreate the 90-person grand procession that would have transported baby Edward to his torch-lit christening service. This was the best recorded occasion staged at Hampton Court during Henry’s VIII’s reign, and the detailed records allow Lucy and David to show how this great celebration used every part of the palace, from the royal apartments to the kitchens to the Chapel Royal.

A Night at Hampton Court Palace

Offering a unique opportunity to reveal how the many elements of court life would have been brought together, from art to architecture, religion and music, Britain’s Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court will capture a pageant that was deeply political but also carefully stage-managed piece of performance art.

Britain’s Tudor Treasure: A Night At Hampton Court airs on the 10th of January 2015. More promotional pictures below:

A Night at Hampton Court Palace

A Night at Hampton Court Palace

A Night at Hampton Court Palace

A Night at Hampton Court Palace

 

With thanks to BBC Pictures and BBC Media 

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